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God Is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World

God Is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World

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by Larry Julian, Larry Julian

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Business leaders face the difficult task of reconciling their personal beliefs with the bottom-line demands of their business obligations. Often, it seems like the conflict between short-term business strategies and their desire to "do the right thing" pull them in opposite directions.
In God Is My CEO, readers will learn how to:
  • Develop their God


Business leaders face the difficult task of reconciling their personal beliefs with the bottom-line demands of their business obligations. Often, it seems like the conflict between short-term business strategies and their desire to "do the right thing" pull them in opposite directions.
In God Is My CEO, readers will learn how to:

  • Develop their God-given talents and skills, while developing a spiritual center
  • Gain ideas and encouragement through real-life stories of successful business leaders who have faced the same challenges
  • Learn to apply a practical daily plan to overcome the toughest business issues
  • Focus their energies and thoughts on moving forward with a sense of purpose
Many business leaders struggle with the dilemma of being successful and living a life with purpose. God Is My CEO offers a practical and inspirational source of guidance for achieving a balanced and accomplished life.

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From the Publisher
''God Is My CEO is direct, on target, beautiful, and convincing. Excellent!'' --Zig Ziglar, motivational teacher, author of See You at the Top

''Larry Julian has written a game plan to help all of us score a touchdown in life.'' --Dan Reeves, head coach, Atlanta Falcons

''Unlike the countless leadership books on the market, this one will never be out of date.'' --Marc Belton, president, New Ventures, General Mills

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Will money or morality emerge victorious in the war zone of work skirmishes? Julian, with seasoned experience as a leadership management consultant for companies such as 3M, Honeywell, AT&T and General Mills, provides solid answers for this troubling dilemma. He discusses 10 key principles that he deems essential for transforming workplace problems into both spiritual and bottom-line success stories. Each chapter poses an issue (such as developing patience, cultivating leadership by example, yielding control, making tough decisions and maintaining right priorities) followed by a solution. In a chapter on "integration," for example, Julian poses the bottom-line question: "How do I balance employee needs with profit obligations?" To explain his approach (to "integrate people and profits into win-win solutions"), Julian details the experiences of two business executives who have creatively solved this problem, and shares the underlying principles they implemented. Indeed, the personal stories of business leaders form the core of the book, tied together by Julian's practical steps and discussion questions at the close of each chapter. Readers will be especially intrigued by the trials and triumphs of such well-regarded business executives as S. Truett Cathy (Chick-Fil-A), Bob O. Naegele Jr. (Rollerblade), C. William Pollard (The ServiceMaster Company) and Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Carlson Companies). Many leaders, whether newly indoctrinated to the world of business or veteran executives, will find tools for the trade in this excellent guidebook to living out one's faith in a ruthless "bottom-line" world. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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What People are Saying About This

Pat Williams
Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic
God Is My CEO is a gem of a book. It sure challenged me in my role as a leader and it will do the same for you. A powerful read.
Marc Belton
Marc Belton, Senior Vice President, President, Big 6 Cereals, General Mills
Unlike the countless leadership books on the market, this one will never be out of date because the biblical principles offered in this book are timeless.
Wes Cantrell
Wes Cantrell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Lanier Worldwide, Inc.
The practical approach of having CEOs give their answers to real life situations is an extremely practical way to give advice. What's most important, however, is the biblical foundation which has been authenticated in the lives of the men and women highlighted in your book.
Richard M. De Vos
Richard M. DeVos, Co-founder, Amway Corporation
Having reviewed God Is My CEO, I am impressed with its simple and clear directions. It is a book of purpose. Read it and learn from it. I did.
Dan Reeves
Dan Reeves, Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons
Larry Julian has written a gameplan to help all of us score a touchdown in life. The stories in this book serve to motivate, encourage, prepare, and teach us how to make the right choices in our lives. Whether you are a football coach, self-employed, or Chairman of the Board, the principles in God Is My CEO can help you define the champion within.
Naomi Rhode
Naomi Rhode, Past President, National Speakers Association
God Is My CEO a fact that becomes reality as you comprehend the fabulous insights of this timely book! Larry Julian's passion is played out through the ingenious sharing of life's journeys of some of our nations top CEO's.
Anne Beiler
Anne (Auntie Anne) Beiler, Founder and CEO, Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
God Is My CEO should be read by all CEOs or anyone in a leadership position. If your company is driven by mission rather than the bottom-line, this book will strengthen your position. It will encourage all of us to be ethical in all our business dealings and to see the value of biblical based principles.
Stan Geyer
Stan Geyer, President & CEO, Flouroware
This book should be read by all who are seeking the truth of God's wisdom and how it applies in the workplace. Newcomers to the business world will find nuggets of gold in these pages and the more seasoned traveler will find an oasis where they can be rejuvenated.
Jim Lindermann
Jim Lindemann, CEO, Emerson Electric Company-Emerson Motors Corporation
Larry Julian provides 20 examples of leaders who excelled in the real world by placing trust in the Lord and allowing Him to lead their lives.

Meet the Author

Larry Julian lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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God Is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So often executives check their faith in God at the door before coming to work. Using the stories of 20 influential leaders to illustrate 10 business principles, author Larry Julian skillfully shows that it is possible to integrate your religious faith and your work practices. These men and women successfully run major organizations, and all of them credit their belief in God for their achievements. Although some of the stories are more inspiring than others, this book promises relief from the pressures of the bottom line and freedom from the stumbling blocks that impede success, both temporal and eternal. Each chapter includes thought-provoking questions you can contemplate or use as the basis of further discussions. Julian ends with a step-by-step business plan showing you how to apply all your newly processed spiritual knowledge as a practical tool. Although ¿ given that it is dedicated to Jesus Christ ¿ the book seems primarily directed to Christians, We suggest that any leader who is trying to make a profit, keep priorities straight and motivate employees should take a look.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry Julian writes a wonderful book about faith and profession. In these difficult times, when uncertainty abounds, Larry comes through with calmness, insight and spirituality. The stories of the leaders presented in the book are inspiring and timeless. You will learn from their challenges and their successes. It is definitely a book worth reading. Whether you are in corporate America, public service, a non- profit organization, sports, etc., this book will help you center on what is truly important, your relationship with and faith in God.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
America is populated by a great many people who attend religious services on a regular basis. They affiliate with a congregation of people who think, believe, and worship as they do. Millions of people build their lives around their religious beliefs and principles. Then there's business. In the world of business, profit is worshipped by corporate leaders and employees at all levels. Achieving corporate goals becomes all-consuming, with little room for bible-based principles. Biblical teachings are fine for the personal side of life, but business is business. Or is it? The movement known as spirituality in the workplace has been gaining momentum, with supporters careful to differentiate between spirituality and religion. The human spirit is central to the corporate spirituality theme, but God and religion do seem to find their way into the picture. When people express their spirituality, their religious beliefs underlie their values and approach, even if specific teachings are not overtly expressed. In God is My CEO, Larry Julian surveys the landscape through the stories of twenty well-respected leaders. Each of these influential people runs a business through the application of biblical principles, with great results. You'll learn from people like Bill George, CEO of Medtronic; Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks; Al Quie, the former governor of the state of Minnesota; and Archie Dunham, Chairman and CEO of Conoco, Inc.; Horst Schulz, CEO of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company; and Truett Cathy, founder and Chairman of Chick-Fil-A, an amazingly successful quick service restaurant chain that's always closed on Sunday. The helpful organization of the book takes us first through an understanding of the Clash of Two Worlds. You'll learn about the relationships and conflicts between profits and principles. The ten sections that follow each includes a statement of the issue and Julian's suggestion of a solution. The rest of each section is two chapters telling the story of the biblically-based executives. The ten sections are Purpose, Success, Courage, Patience, Leadership by Example, Yielding Control, Tough Decisions, Servant Leadership, Integration, and Priorities. Each chapter explores real-life issues with some intriguing stories that will make you think. The religious theme is, of course, prominent in this book. However, while it is ever-present, the biblical message is comfortably woven into the vignettes. You'll be surprised how fast a read this book is, as you turn page after page to follow the stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his powerful book, _God Is My CEO_, Larry Julian moves the 'bottom line' in business from 'profit no matter what' to 'profit from doing the right thing'. Written from experiences in the trenches of the business world, this authoritative book contains real, personal stories from real people who have the courage to wrestle with real challenges and solve their dilemmas using their true beliefs, not the just latest fad management techniques. Julian's ability to get today's business leaders to bare their hearts and share their personal struggles allows_God Is My CEO_ to build a very credible case for tuning in and listening to the higher power that exists in all of us. The moving accounts of leadership turmoil and victory, the thought-provoking discussion questions and the immensely helpful 'how-to's' found in this book make it a work that should be read and re-read by all of us who lead businesses today. I give my highest praise to _God Is My CEO_.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to any potential business owner. This book is great and provides very practical insight. This is a great gift for the college grad about to enter the business world.